Knowledge, Spaces, and Media

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The research focus "Knowledge, Spaces, and Media" has been reconstituted in 2017 in order to create a common basis for the research of history of knowledge and science (especially in connection with the Gotha Research Centre), historical-cultural space research and media-related research. The diversity of the projects as well as the overall collaborations have long shown that this research focus is an attractive field, which is capable of developing even further. Together with the Gotha Collection and Research Network, the mutual constitution processes of knowledge, spaces and media are being investigated at the University of Erfurt. Each of these three perspectives bringing up common questions. For example: How is knowledge constituted, ordered and historicised in practices, media and objects? How is knowledge spatialized (in archives, collections, exhibitions), and how are spaces produced through practices, knowledge and media? How do media contribute to the production, storage, mediation and transformation of knowledge? To what extent do media constitute spaces? Thus the result of this specific research focus is a distinct form of cultural studies at the University of Erfurt, which also integrates approaches of social science and - as practiced for example in the research group "Religion and Urbanity: Mutual Formations" - religious studies.

Projects of the research focus (German only)


Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht (Göttingen) publishes the anthology "Reformatio et memoria. Protestantische Erinnerungsräume und Erinnerungsstrategien in der Frühen Neuzeit" edited by Kathrin Paasch (Gotha), Christopher Spehr (Jena) and Siegrid Westphal…

The Franz Steiner Verlag has published the anthology "De homine. Anthropologien in der Frühen Neuzeit", edited by Sascha Salatowsky (Gotha) and Wilhelm Schmidt-Biggemann (Berlin). It sheds light on the manifold developments in the human sciences,…

Dr. habil. Julie Casteigt, Professor of Philosophy at the Université Toulouse - Jean Jaurès, has been granted the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. This prize is awarded annually to scientists from…

René Smolarski from the University of Erfurt has just published a new volume entitled "Verbindung halten" (Keep in touch) in the „Post – Wert – Zeichen“ (Post - Value - Sign) series. It deals with (post)communication under difficult conditions.

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